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Wage Gap Widens for Some Women of Color

September 22, 2017

By Jasmine Tucker, Director of Research

National Women’s Law Center

Last week, the Census Bureau released national and state data on poverty, income, and health insurance in 2016. Our initial analysis shows some positive news: poverty rates declined slightly, median income grew 3.2 percent, and the percentage of those without insurance continues to decline thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But despite that positive news, we are still incredibly troubled by our findings on the wage gap.

The typical woman continues to be paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart. This 80-cent gap translates into a loss of more than $10,000 every single year, or more than $400,000 over a 40-year career. I don’t know about you, but I bet women and their families can think of a lot of things they’d like to do with that kind of money.  Read more here.


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